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Surveys that are less impressive the more you look into them

While I am on the theme of data overinterpretation this week, two recent surveys that have been overinterpreted: 1. The recent Quinnipiac University Polling Institute survey of New York City residents, which included a number of questions on school politics in the city. The New York Times’ blog entry by Winnie Hu started, “A majority of New York City voters approve […]

D***ed autocorrect by Edweek… / Rick Hess’s comment re AERA

I hate sock puppetry, and since Edweek’s server would not let me add a display name to my account this morning, it is not clear on the website that I am the author of the first response to Rick Hess’s call for public defunding of AERA. I am “USER_768949.”1 Hess is arguing that because AERA took […]

Anticipatory Schadenfreude rhetoric

In an essay in The New Republic, Kevin Carey has apparently joined the disruptiness gang: Many factors explain the endurance of higher education institutions—the ascent of the knowledge economy, their crucial role in upper-middle class acculturation, our peculiar national enthusiasm for college sports—but the single greatest asset held by traditional colleges and universities is their […]

Andrew Coulson comparison of K-12 per-pupil expenditures to NAEP long-term trends

How to manipulate data and figures

m4s0n501 On occasion, students and reporters ask me what makes me trust or distrust folks who claim to be education researchers, and it’s a harder question to answer than one might think. As an historian with some quantitative training, I am eclectic on methods–I have no purity test other than “the evidence and reasoning have […]

Odds and ends

It’s been a wild week to be an involuntary observer this week — the week before spring break for me turned out to be very busy for both anticipated and unanticipated reasons, so I was unable to comment on the debate over SB 1718 in Florida (the “parent trigger” bill), the higher ed budget and […]